Due out in 2016, I’m writing a book for tourists, locals and former Brooklynites, wherever you may live, that will give the inside story on the borough.
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This is my 4th real, physical, guidebook to Brooklyn. Yup, numero #4.
Back in the Pleistocene era, in 1991, my husband and I coauthored the first commercially published guidebook to Brooklyn in 50 years, since the end of World War II. We were newish parents and green arrivals to the borough, back when our Manhattan friends thought it was unsafe to travel here, when Smith Street, 5th Avenue in Park Slope, and Williamsburg were low-rent, dangerous and sometimes druggy, and when hookers trolled Gowanus. My how things have changed! We explored all the ethnic neighborhoods, thinking we’d desktop publish, but the project got too big, and the book was picked up by St. Martin’s Press, my publisher for BK guidebooks #’s 1, 2 and 3. And after reading the first guidebook, my editor moved from Queens to Brooklyn!
But, folks, I’m having a size problem:
- The 1991 book was called Brooklyn, Where to Go, What to Do & How to Get There, and ran 292 pages. The introduction actually had to justify a guidebook to a place that mostly appeared in the media of the day only in reference to robberies, assaults, murders, and mobsters.
- In 1998, I did a total overhaul and update, as the borough was beginning to take off. The result: Brooklyn: A Soup to Nuts Guide. It was 100 pages longer than my first book.
- In 2004, my third and fattest book ran over 500 pages, a real doorstop. Its super-size was due to all the new restaurants, stores and fun in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and DUMBO. It was called Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Most Happening Borough. A good title—Brooklyn was the most happening a decade ago, and still is!
- 2016: My new publisher is Rutgers University Press, and they’re terrific. Stay tuned!
So, sorry, but I’ll be offline for a bit, eschewing blogging in favor of research and writing my new guidebook to BK. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to explore these neighborhoods once again, and see the amazing creative energy and development that’s going on in North, South, East, West, and Central Brooklyn. The neighborhood boundaries are expanding and contracting, buildings are going up and cool cultural events are goin’ down, it’s hopping. I just hope I can scrunch all there is to tell tourists into a book that’s not the size of, um, an overstuffed De Fonte’s heroe sandwich.
Cheers all, and if you have something to share, please do send it my way!